Beware of Dog

How Media Portrays the Aggressive Canine

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About the Book

For many of us, the only way we meet “dangerous” dogs is through news reports about vicious attacks, and films and TV shows that feature out-of-control versions of man’s best friend. But there’s more to the Bad Dog’s story than sensational headlines and movie beasts. A deeper look at these representations reveals a villain much closer to home.

This book takes the reader on a rich journey through depictions of violent dogs in popular media. It explores how press accounts and screen stories transform canines into bloodthirsty hunters, rabies-infested strays, ferocious fighters, rogue law enforcement partners and diabolical pets, all adding up to a frightening picture of our usually beloved companions. But, when media tells the dangerous dog’s story, it is often with a deep connection to the person on the other end of the leash.

About the Author(s)

Melissa Crawley has a Ph.D. in media studies and is the author of two books on television and popular culture. She is a member of the Television Critics Association and writes the syndicated newspaper column “Stay Tuned.” She lives in Hawaii.

Brian Patrick Duggan is the author of numerous articles on canine history which have been published in AKC Family Dog, AKC Gazette, Sighthound Review, Show Sight, The Private Journey, and Greasy Grass: The Journal of the Custer Battlefield Historical & Museum Association. He is a retired university technology educator and an active American Kennel Club judge.

Bibliographic Details

Melissa Crawley. Series Editor Brian Patrick Duggan
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 208
Bibliographic Info: 19 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8524-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4324-3
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Dogs in Our World

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Beginnings 7
Chapter One. Dangerous Dogs 11
Chapter Two. Urban 29
Chapter Three. Working 58
Chapter Four. Screen 116
Endings 165
Chapter Notes 173
Bibliography 195
Index 199